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Invasor (above): Albertus Maximus aims to replicate Invasor's Dubai World Cup triumph for the same owner / trainer connections

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Shadwell Farm to aim Albertus at World Cup

Report: USA, Saturday

Gulfstream Park: Donn Handicap (Gr1) 1m 1f, dirt, 4yo+
ALBERTUS MAXIMUS (Albert The Great - Chasethewildwind (Forty Niner)

cemented his place at the head of the Dubai World Cup market with a hard-fought half-length victory over a game and determined Finallymadeit in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Finallymadeit jumped out to make all and was tracked by Albertus Maximus, a son of Albert The Great, who moved into the lead with two furlongs to run.

However, the 30-1 outsider Finallymadeit battled back strongly but was unable to pass Albetus Maximus.

Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said: "Speed was so good today I told Alan not to let Finallymadeit get away. I think Alan felt he had the leader measured coming into the stretch but that horse ran a very game race."

Albertus Maximus was making his first start for McLaughlin since being purchased privately by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable after his Breeders' Cup Mile win at Santa Anita.

He is out of the Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind, a daughter of Race The Wild Wind (Sunny's Halo), winner of the Santa Maria Handicap (Gr1), and is a half-sister to Prix Maurice de Gheest winner King Charlemagne and the Group 3 July Stakes winner Meshaheer.

McLaughlin will attempt to duplicate the Donn-Dubai World Cup double he pulled off two years ago with Shadwell Farm's son of Candy Stripes, Invasor.





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